23 October 2014

Pixelmator for iPad is Here!

If you watched the recent Apple Event you saw the demonstration of an iPad app called Pixelmator that was not available the day of the event. It was projected to be released in late October and it has just hit the App Store.

I haven't even had a chance to try it out yet, but wanted to give you a head's up in case you're interested in reading more about it.





Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest iOS technologies, giving you speedy and powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced composition amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, share them to celebrate your work with the whole word.

Creative tools• Get started with dozens of beautifully designed templates
• Enrich photos with an effect, a frame, or create gorgeous collages
• Add a word, phrase, or caption
• Make the text look beautiful with advanced typography features
• Easily add, create, combine, and edit shapes
• Effortlessly apply shadows, fills, and strokes




Powerful and full-featured painting tools• Paint with Pixelmator as you would on canvas
• Choose from realistic to stylized brushes of all sizes and shapes
• Use different brush sizes and adjust the stroke opacity



Professional-grade color correction tools• Dramatically improve less-than-perfect images with a single tap or swipe
• Choose from eight different color correction presets 
• Adjust levels, curves, brightness, contrast, and much more
• Remove color cast and set the right white balance
• Designed with friendly interface features for intuitive ease of use



Retouching tools• Correct wrinkles and repair scratches
• Make flaws vanish from your photos, remove or re-arrange objects in a composition
• Blur, sharpen, lighten, or darken specific areas
• Get rid of the red eye effect with just one click
• Distort or transform to subtly improve or give images a completely unexpected look
• Combine different tools and effects for an endless number of ways to refine your images


A real effects machine• Loaded with dozens of breathtaking effects you can play with
• Give your pictures a stunning, retro-artistically illuminated look with Light Leaks
• Take full control over the image colors with Hue and Saturation
• Create charming and authentic-looking pictures of days gone by with Vintage effect
• Liven up your photos with some sparkling Bokeh lights
• Convert images into perfectly toned black and white 
• Use more gorgeous effects for more amazing pictures
• Combine different effects for unique, near-effortless artistic creations



Advanced image editing with layers and selections• Pixelmator is a complete layer-based editor
• Quickly and easily select any part of an image
• Edit and apply special effects to portions of your pictures
• Select and remove unwanted elements 
• Cut and place objects from one image to another

Layer Styles• Instantly customize the look of your images, text, and shapes right when you create them
• Easily add non-destructive layer styles like shadows, outlines, color, gradient fills, and much more
• Change the layer style at whim until you get the look you’re after




Compatibility• Open and save images using PSD, JPEG, PNG, PDF, and many other popular formats
• Open and save Photoshop images with layers
• Send your images directly to the Photos app
• Store and access images in iCloud Drive to open with other apps

iCloud and Sharing• Let iCloud automatically store your edited images and seamlessly take your work to all your devices
• You can completely skip the manual saving of your documents thanks to Auto Save
• Email your photos right from Pixelmator
• Publish your images to social applications like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook

Built exclusively for iPadPixelmator is meticulously thought through and created from the ground up for iOS 8 and iPad. Designed to take advantage of iOS 8 features and technologies. And engineered to leverage the full power of 64-bit architecture, ARC, Grand Central Dispatch, OpenGL ES, Core Image, and Core Animation to deliver state-of-the-art performance and responsiveness.

22 October 2014

Chris Sallquist Makes Smashing Art with His Arts Mashing Style

What is your name and where do you live? 
CS:  My name is Chris Sallquist, and I live in Seattle, Washington.

Your work is unique - you photograph images torn from magazines and then recombine them into new works. Do you use a mobile device to photograph the pages?
CS:  Yes, all of my work is shot and edited on an iPhone. I call my technique “Arts Mashing,” as a nod to the mashup factor in my art. I blend different images and pages from fashion magazines into entirely new compositions. I’m revealing scenes and people that are invisible to the naked eye – almost like an alternate universe.

© Chris Sallquist

© Chris Sallquist
Arts Mashing Lines

Does your work fit into the mobile photography genre since you are photographing existing work? 
CS:  To me, the mobile photography genre is less about the subject matter and more about how you use the phone as a tool to capture and edit images. I call myself a mobile artist, though, not a mobile photographer. 

As an artist I know there is a fine line between violating copyright and creating derivative works. Do your photographs fall under the category of derivative works?
CS:  My work sits on the line, for sure. But my legal team assures me that my pieces are sufficiently transformative to qualify as fully derivative works. My art is intended to highlight the contrast between the glossy perfection of fashion photography and the gritty realities that lurk under the surface. 


© Chris Sallquist
Blossom

© Chris Sallquist

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?
CS:  I have a degree in journalism and advertising, and have worked in interactive design since the early 1990’s, but I’m not a designer. I’ve always been creative though. Before getting involved in mobile art, I wrote a novel, produced four separate podcasts series and performed a series of one-man comedy shows. 

© Chris Sallquist
Correspond
© Chris Sallquist
Farther Wide
How did your current style of work evolve?
CS:  In 2011 I started experimenting with my phone, taking photos of magazine pages that I folded and warped. I edited them in Snapseed, and the results were interesting. I kept at it and after a while my style evolved into the look you see now.

© Chris Sallquist
Kit Kite

© Chris Sallquist
Maryanne is
Does a photograph inspire a project or do you have a concept in mind and then look for the appropriate photo to match the vision in your mind?
CS:  I browse magazines for an image that stands out to me then search for complementary images to mash it with. There’s a lot of trial and error and synchronicity involved.

Have you considered doing the same style using all of your own photographs rather than ripping them from magazines?
CS:  I’m currently collaborating with a photographer on several projects.

© Chris Sallquist
Oh What Sooth

© Chris Sallquist

Have you ever sold or exhibited your work? If not, any plans for the future?
CS:  I started showing my work last year as part of the Shadow Stories exhibit curated by the Mobile Photography Awards. Since then my work has been included in other group exhibits, including a Shooter Magazine exhibit in Porto, Portugal (where I sold my first piece), a Columbus Museum of Art Photo Hunt exhibit, and a mobile photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. In October I’m part of another mobile photo exhibit at the Brentwood Road Gallery in Romford, UK. I recently received the Best in Show Silver Award at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition "Imagine This" - a mobile photography exhibit. 

© Chris Sallquist

© Chris Sallquist

From your website I see that you also do custom portraits. How are these created?
CS:  I use the same process for my custom portraits, except I start with a photo of the person who commissioned the piece. This is slightly more challenging, actually, because people sometimes get uncomfortable when their image is manipulated to the point where they don’t look “normal.” I have to walk the line between creating a favorable image that the buyer will like and not inhibiting myself because they might not feel like they look their best. Sometimes it takes twice as long to create these custom portraits...

© Chris Sallquist

© Chris Sallquist

What piece are you most proud of and why?
CS:  I’m most proud of the pieces that reveal some unexpected twist to the viewer. One of my pieces, called “Some Roarings,” features a stoic looking woman gazing in profile. She appears to be wearing an elaborate, flowing headdress, and her arms are stretched backwards at an awkward angle. If you turn the piece sideways, though, you can see that her headdress and arms are the arms and hair of a woman draped over a red velvet chair. It’s a powerful image that sticks with me.

© Chris Sallquist
Some Roarings

© Chris Sallquist

© Chris Sallquist
Selling Greece
Is there another area of mobile photography that you would like to explore?
CS:  I think animation is a likely next step for me. I’m intrigued with how motion will bring the work to life.

© Chris Sallquist
To Whom and Their

© Chris Sallquist
What Can
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
CS:  This is a really interesting time for me. For 20 years I’ve built a creative career, but nothing has grabbed me more than my Arts Mashing art. I know now what I want to do when I grow up.

Find Chris: Web / Instagram / Facebook

21 October 2014

Call for Entries: Mobile Photographic Creation



From the Website:

The International Symposium Mobile Creation and blog Lanterns have joined forces to launch a call for applications around the mobile photographic creation

Mobile Design is a group of university researchers from laboratory IRCAV / Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle this year focuses on the relationship to art terminals and services with mobile features (phones, smartphones, tablets). 


The symposium and Mobile Arts will be held on 4 and 5 December at the National Institute of Art History (INHA). Landmark of research on the history of art and heritage, near the Louvre, INHA will host in parallel during the two days of mobile photographic art curation.

Our goals?

1) Show that the artists have taken over the mobile, a new tool for artistic creativity and photographic.

2) To illustrate the diversity of mobile photographic art ranging from street photography to selfie, through architecture, black and white, to experimental approaches combining photography and digital painting.

3) Question photography via mobile creation in a prestigious location, the National Institute of the History of Art.

For details on how to enter, visit the website here







Mob Street Tuesday No. 7

It's Mob Street Tuesday again. This Flickr group is growing a bit slower than the Mob Paint group, so be sure and invite your friends to join in with their mobile street photographs. Be sure to visit the Mob Street Flickr Group to see more street photos from around the world.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” 
― Susan Sontag



© ScottyMcagent
© ScottyMcagent


Ladies' Talk © Basak Aytek
Ladies' Talk © Basak Aytek

© bobhos2012
© bobhos2012

Balance Biker © Goh
Balance Biker © Goh


Coiffure © Cecily Mariece Caceu
Coiffure © Cecily Mariece Caceu


Adventuresome Spirit © gcosta9
Adventuresome Spirit © gcosta9

© unaisa momoitio
© unaisa momoitio

Stars to the left of me © Michael Manza
Stars to the left of me © Michael Manza

Ssssstt © AJ vdHorst
Ssssstt © AJ vdHorst

Inner Silence © Michal Koralewski
Inner Silence © Michal Koralewski

Five Hundred Twenty © Connie Gardner Rosenthal
Five Hundred Twenty © Connie Gardner Rosenthal

Silhouetted Friendship © Cattis C
Silhouetted Friendship © Cattis C

Shadows Alive 3 © Vanessa Vox
Shadows Alive 3 © Vanessa Vox

© Eitan Shavit
© Eitan Shavit



street of mind / in the spa © dr pajchiwo
street of mind / in the spa © dr pajchiwo



Round and Round in City Hall © Veevs
Round and Round in City Hall © Veevs

19 October 2014

Instagram Challenge - Shoot With Contrast by Hornbeck

This week's Instagram Challenge is a bit different - all images must be taken using the contrast by hornbeck app. It is available FREE on the app store, but it is limited to iOS devices only. You can use any other apps to edit the image. Tag on Instagram with #aom_contrastbyhornbeck hashtag for a chance to be featured in the Sunday Showcase on October 26th.

Here are some examples of my contrast by hornbeck shots.

© Geri Centonze

© Geri Centonze

© Geri Centonze

© Geri Centonze

© Geri Centonze